|* Be Confident! As any good motivational speaker will tell you, body language |
sends a very important message to your audience as to your credibility. Walk
up to the podium convinced that you have something important to say. Take a
moment to focus; pull audience attention to you. Begin powerfully.
|* Always remember that a speech is not an essay, although both have an |
introduction, body, and conclusion. Because a speech is oral, it cannot be as
detailed and specific. Craft a spoken message that is crystal clear; review
and repeat key points. Some of the greatest speeches of recent years have
included highly memorable repeated phrases.
|* Make sure that your volume is loud enough so that all audience members can hear |
you clearly. Also, vary your volume as you speak to create interest.
|* Make sure that you do not speak too quickly. Initial nervousness may cause you |
to speak more quickly than you normally would. Be aware of this; slow down.
Also, use variety in rate for dramatic effect.
|* Always engage all of your audience members with good eye contact. Never |
concentrate on one part of your audience; they will feel forgotten.
|* Be articulate. Enunciate clearly! Check the pronunciation of words. |
|* Avoid manuscript delivery. If you write out a speech word for word you will |
become buried in your text and will become very nervous if you lose your place.
Most highly effective speakers use the extemporaneous method of delivery,
which is speaking from notes. You may want to write out your introduction and
conclusion, but the body of your speech should be in outline or note form, in large
enough print that you can read. Never use messy, disorganized papers;
|* Don’t forget the visual impact of gestures. You must practice your speech |
beforehand in order to get an idea of where gestures can seem natural and
effective. A gesture should enhance a speech, not serve as a distraction.
|* PRACTICE! PRACTICE BEFORE A MIRROR, A FRIEND, OR EVEN AN |
EMPTY ROOM. NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SMOOTH OUT ANY
ROUGH SPOTS, ESPECIALLY WITH A-V AIDS, YOU WILL ALSO BE
BUILDING THAT NECESSARY SENSE OF CONFIDENCE! IN PUBLIC
SPEAKING, PRACTICE TRULY DOES MAKE PERFECT!